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Reflections on Symmetry


Sometimes it pays to step back from the tripod and just look. When the wait for the light is over and the Decisive Moment is nigh I can be so busy assessing histograms, levelling the horizon, rummaging for rings or positioning filters that the true serenity of the scene in front of me passes almost unnoticed as I rush to make the perfect exposure. Rush, rush, rush; it’s the story of our lives. If it weren’t for the Joy of Photography its unlikely I’d be there in the first place; but taking the time to just look and marvel at Nature’s wonder after the first few crucial frames have been exposed is always beneficial for the soul, and my craft. On the banks of Buttermere with the early morning light painting a scene of stunning beauty I paused to reappraise; was I making the most of this wonderful opportunity? I stepped back and just looked; reflecting on the reflections. Deep breath; the perfect calm of the scene settled on my soul as I savoured the harmonious view in front of me. For just a moment my tranquillity was complete; no reversing alarms, beeping phones or rattling diesel engines intruded. The only sound was the tweeting of the birds and the bahing of the sheep; why can’t it always be like this? I knew this was one of those views delivered by Mother Nature that would stick with me to the end of my days. 

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